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Hearing Loss: The Most Common Work-Related Injury in the US

In Hearing Loss by Roselynn Gamboa Young, Au.D., CCC-A

When you think of workplace injuries, hearing might not be the first thing to come to mind. Those who work in industrial settings or construction can suffer a wide range of injuries, including broken bones and back strain. Those who work in offices can have gradual injuries from their desk positions, including carpal tunnel and neck pain. Although each of …

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This November, Test Your Hearing in Honor of American Diabetes Month

In Hearing Health, Hearing Protection, Hearing Testing by Roselynn Gamboa Young, Au.D., CCC-A

Each November, we set aside the month to celebrate American Diabetes Month. This annual occasion serves many purposes. In the first place, we can give our attention and care to those people in our lives who have diabetes or pre-diabetes conditions, letting them know that we are there for support and care. We can encourage them to keep up with …

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All About Different Hearing Aid Features

In Hearing Aids by Roselynn Gamboa Young, Au.D., CCC-A

If you are ready to get hearing aids, you might find that the latest features far exceed your expectations. Older models of hearing aids provided a basic profile of functionality. Many of them simply raised the volume on the world without much transformation of that audio. They tended to use replaceable batteries that were costly, fiddly, and wasteful. If you …

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Study Finds Over 50% of Workers Exposed to Noise Do Not Use Protection On the Job

In Hearing Loss, Hearing Protection by Roselynn Gamboa Young, Au.D., CCC-A

Workplace noise exposure is one of the prime culprits of noise-induced hearing loss. When you work in place that exposes you to loud sound day-in and day-out, you can accumulate hearing loss over time. However, a recent study shows that over 50 percent of workers who are exposed to noise do not use the protection they need on the job. …

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Treating Hearing Loss Can Help Prevent Other Health Issues

In Hearing Testing by Roselynn Gamboa Young, Au.D., CCC-A

Hearing loss is part of the bigger picture of your health and wellbeing. When you think about your hearing ability, you might not immediately think about systems such as cardiovascular health or cognitive functioning, but these aspects of the body and mind are closely interwoven. Experts tend not to think only about direct relationships in the body but also indirect …

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5 Reasons to Take an Annual Hearing Test

In Hearing Testing by Roselynn Gamboa Young, Au.D., CCC-A

Although an annual hearing test is not necessary for everyone, there are many reasons that you should get on board with a yearly exam. Young people who are not exposed to much noise and who do not experience any trouble with their hearing can usually get by with hearing tests less frequently. However, those who are over the age of …

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Loud Movies & Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Roselynn Gamboa Young, Au.D., CCC-A

Movie lovers are welcoming the return to cinemas, complete with the sharp picture, comfortable seats, and wide array of snacks. This viewing experience is far better than what most of us experience at home, and the feeling of immersion can transform a movie into a full-body experience. When you go to the cinema, you might feel like you are stepping …

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For Women, Painkiller Use May Lead to Hearing Loss

In Ear Health, Hearing Loss by Roselynn Gamboa Young, Au.D., CCC-A

A recent study established a link between the use of two painkillers—paracetamol and ibuprofen—and hearing loss. Although the study used statistical methods to show a correlation, it is unclear if these drugs actually caused the hearing loss or not. The study used a long-term study of women to track their use of these painkillers and to report on their experiences …

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Supporting a Loved One with Hearing Loss

In Communication, Family & Relationships, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Treatment, Tips & Tricks by Roselynn Gamboa Young, Au.D., CCC-A

Each person’s experience of hearing loss is unique. When you have a conversation with someone who has hearing loss, you can learn a lot about specific situations that are difficult and things you can do to make things easier. Although each experience of hearing loss is different, there are some general principles you can follow to support your loved one. …

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Can Air Pollution Affect Our Hearing Abilities?

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Causes by Roselynn Gamboa Young, Au.D., CCC-A

When we think about preventing hearing loss, habits of our individual lifestyles come to mind. We know that wearing earplugs and avoiding excessive volumes of sound are effective at preventing noise-induced hearing loss. Limiting the volume on earbuds and headphones is another important way to prevent noise-induced loss. In addition, recent studies have shown promising effects of diet and exercise …